Gemini Jets continue to be the primary die-cast model manufacturer for much of the marketplace, especially in Europe and the USA. This is a bit surprising as they actually don't make that many models and in fact of the three big makers have made nearly half of what the others have this calendar year. Nevertheless they are solid and reliable and it seems to make sense to begin the first part of my review of the 1/400 scale output of the major manufacturers within this first third of 2016 with Gemini.
Gemini have had three release announcements in 2016 (February was missed due to the Chinese New Year) covering 29 models in total. These break down as you can see in the table to the left.
As in the whole of 2015 so far Gemini have used the largest number of separate moulds of all the manufacturers. This is both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side they can produce almost anything with the range of moulds available. On the minus side don't hold your breath expecting them to use any of their moulds preferentially over the others. I guess this fits with them fulfilling customer orders and focusing less on the collector market.
The breakdown of models by region is pretty much as you would expect with North America and Europe providing the bulk of the output.
These have been mainly modern releases with only the 737-200 and MD80 really fitting the classic mark. Even the Concorde represents the aircraft preserved at Manchester Airport, whilst the YS-11 is a 40th anniversary example. This fits with last years slow trickle of a few classics here and there - its just a shame that the classics chosen so far have been rather underwhelming.